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Poison Plant Identification

Whether you are out in the great outdoors hiking or camping, or simply clearing away unwanted foliage in your backyard, you are at risk of coming into contact with various types of poisonous plants, such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Coming into contact with these plants leaves itchy red rashes on most people due to the oils that the leaves produce. While some people don’t have r...

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The Flu's Uglier Cousin

It starts off as just an unfortunate case of the flu, but instead of feeling better you start to feel worse. You have violent chills and break out in a cold sweat. Your chest aches with pain each time you cough. Your fever keeps climbing and climbing. 100. 101. It spikes. 104. You feel hot and cold all at the same time, and you didn’t even know that was possible. You can barely breathe. What’...

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Bane of Babies

The winter season brings with it many different illnesses. Illnesses such as the cold and flu become increasingly common as the weather gets colder, but along with them comes respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Just the name of that virus may send a shiver down the spines of many of you. Even though RSV usually just presents itself with the symptoms of a cold— if it shows any symptoms at all— it...

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This Sickness Kisses and Tells -Longview

Infectious mononucleosis, or simply “mono,” is a disease most commonly associated with teenagers and young adults. This is due to the stigma of mono being the “kissing disease.” It’s called this because it is transmitted through infected people’s saliva, so it is possible to contract it through kissing. Despite its nickname, though, it is far more common for people to get mono through sharing d...

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

We here at HealthCARE Express know how important it is to keep your kids happy and healthy, but sometimes against your best efforts your child somehow ends up sick anyway. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a virus that most commonly affects children 5 years old or younger, though it isn’t impossible for older children, or even adults, to contract the virus as well. Though HFMD isn’t dange...

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